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Approximately five million people worldwide speak Albanian. The opening of Albania in the 1990s to broader trading and diplomatic relations with other nations has created a need for better knowledge of the language and culture of this country. This book teaches the student to communicate in everyday situations in the language, with each chapter introducing a new situational context. Students learn to discuss work, vacations, health, and entertainment. Students also learn to practice basic skills such as shopping, ordering tickets, and renting an apartment. Upon completing this textbook, students will be at the A2/B1 level of proficiency on the scale provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
    The textbook includes:
• eighteen lessons based on real-life situations, including three review lessons
• dialogues to help introduce vocabulary and grammatical structures
• comprehension questions and exercises
• related readings at the end of each chapter
• full translations for all examples discussed in grammar sections
• a series of appendixes with numerous charts summarizing main classes of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
• an appendix with the solutions to most of the exercises in the book
• a glossary with all the words in the dialogs and readings.

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Discovering Albanian 1 lightens the burden of the instructor, allowing for more productive efforts in designing an effective and modern syllabus.”—Alexander Murzaku, author of Inverse Dictionary of Albanian

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Albanian for Beginners lightens the burden of the instructor, allowing for more productive efforts in designing an effective and modern syllabus.”––Alexander Murzaku, author of Inverse Dictionary of Albanian

About the Author

Linda Mëniku is a lecturer of linguistics at the University of Tirana and a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Tirana in Albania and the European University–Viadrina in Germany. Héctor Campos is associate professor of linguistics and modern Greek at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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jcritch
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Best resource I''ve found
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
I recently returned from a trip to Albania. It was a beautiful country, with some of the kindest and most welcoming people I''ve ever met. My only regret was that I wasn''t able to communicate better with the people I met. I had tried several apps and YouTube videos before I... See more
I recently returned from a trip to Albania. It was a beautiful country, with some of the kindest and most welcoming people I''ve ever met. My only regret was that I wasn''t able to communicate better with the people I met. I had tried several apps and YouTube videos before I left for Albania, but these left me with a handful of phrases and vocabulary words, but very little understanding of the grammar or how to actually express myself. I wish I had found this textbook sooner!

I have been using it in conjunction with the Memrise Discovering Albanian deck, and I couldn''t be happier. I am working through the textbook on my own, and the material is explained clearly and thoroughly enough that I am able to grasp the grammar explanations, even without a teacher. I would recommend purchasing this textbook and using it along with the Memrise deck if you are looking for a true understanding of Albanian. Pimsleur''s Albanian course is a nice quick guide to conversation that helps cement some of the phrases and pronunciation.

My only complaint was that my copy arrived damaged. It looks like it was dropped on two of the corners and had some minor wrinkling on some of the pages. I like the content of the book so much that I couldn''t bring myself to rate it with less than 5 stars, despite it arriving damaged.
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Peter A. Prahar
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What students of Albanian have been waiting for!
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2012
This is a review of the following by Linda Meniku and Hector Campos published by the University of Wisconsin Press (2011) and available through Amazon.com: * Discovering Albanian 1 Textbook * Discovering Albanian 1 Workbook * Discovering Albanian 1... See more
This is a review of the following by Linda Meniku and Hector Campos published by the University of Wisconsin Press (2011) and available through Amazon.com:

* Discovering Albanian 1 Textbook
* Discovering Albanian 1 Workbook
* Discovering Albanian 1 Audio Supplement

In short: These are the instructional materials that students of the Albanian language (a small but enthusiastic group!) have been waiting for. The authors and the University of Wisconsin Press should be thanked for this professional, well produced material offered at a reasonable price.

The course will prepare the student to deal with realistic, everyday situations (talking about yourself, shopping, ordering in restaurants, making travel arrangements, locating an apartment, etc.) in Albanian-speaking communities in the Balkans and elsewhere. Almost all basic structures of "Standard Albanian" are introduced in the Textbook''s 18 lessons, three of which are for review. Each of the 15 non-review lessons consists of several rather long dialogues and a reading passage. Succinct and clear grammatical explanations with examples, charts, and a variety of short comprehension and grammar exercises reinforce and expand on the points introduced in the dialogues and readings. The exercises demand progressively more from the student, beginning with comprehension and leading to active use. A fair amount of information is introduced about Albanian history, geography, and culture in the Albanian-language readings. Most lessons end with an "Informacione Kulturore" section, which provides additional information in English about the topic discussed in the lesson. Comprehensive grammatical charts, answer keys for the exercises, and an Albanian-English vocabulary list are included at the end of the Textbook.

The exercises in the Workbook offer substantially more opportunities to the student to practice and actively generate the material presented in the corresponding Textbook lesson. Crossword puzzles (admittedly not up to New York Times standard!) from Lesson 7 onwards provide additional grammar and vocabulary practice, including correct orthography. They are a welcome break from let''s-fill-in-another-blank exercises.

The Audio Supplement consists of two 75-minute CDs. The dialogues and readings are recorded on the first one at a "normal" speed that I think most students will find quite challenging, at least initially. The vocabulary items for each lesson are recorded on the second; I don''t think this is so helpful. Clearly, oral/aural practice in the classroom - for those lucky enough to find an Albanian class - will be essential.

According to the introduction, Discovering Albanian 1 was tested at Arizona State University''s Critical Language Institute summer program and at the University of Tirana. Based, I assume, on this experience, the authors claim that the material "is intended to be covered in sixty to eighty hours." Frankly, I think that would quite a remarkable course, though one I might not wish to be enrolled in. Discovering Albanian 1 presents more than enough material for a demanding, first-year university course meeting four or five times a week: some 2,500 vocabulary items with few cognates; six classes of verb conjugations with plenty of exceptions; a complex case structure; and exotic features such as "clitic doubling" and linking articles that must agree in gender, case, number, and definiteness with noun to which they are linked. I''ll take my hat off to a student who can get all this down in only 60-80 classroom hours.

I hope that the promised "intermediate" Discovering Albanian course, which I understand is under development, spirals back to review and reinforce what was introduced in this demanding introductory program in addition to covering the more exotic features of Albanian (desiderative and exclamative mood, possessive forms, word formation, major differences between Gheg and Tosk, etc.).

The course introduces "Standard Albanian," which is an agreed-upon mixture of the Tosk and Gheg dialects. It is most typically found in written texts, news broadcasts, and similar more "formal" situations. Students of "Standard Albanian" may be forgiven if they sometimes wonder if Albanians actually speak Albanian; the two dialects and their subdialects are alive and well in the spoken language. Gheg and its subdialects present special difficulties, which the authors attempt to flag when the dialect(s) differ significantly from Tosk-based "Standard Albanian." However, those working with Albanian speakers in northern Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and the Presevo Valley and southern Sandzak in Serbia may wish to consider two short supplementary texts: A Course in Geg Albanian (Dunwoody Press, 2006) by Chris Hughes; and/or a Gheg Albanian Reader (Dunwoody Press, 2008) by Linda Meniku, one of the authors of Discovering Albanian. Both must be ordered directly from the publisher (dunwoodypress.com), which does not distribute through Amazon.

Upon completion of Discovering Albanian 1, the student should be able to achieve a speaking/reading score of A2/B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference scale (A1-C2); or a S-1+/R-2 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale (0-5) most widely used in the U.S. This is good progress, but leaves most unedited material out-of-reach. So, pending publication of the next volume in the Discovering Albanian series, I suggest for follow-on study:

* Albanian Newspaper Reader (Dunwoody Press, 1998), by David Cox
* Many of the articles on sq.wikipedia.org should be readable with use of a dictionary
* Many of the 250+ Albanian-language articles on the Global Language Online Support System ([...]) should also be accessible. GLOSS reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of four to six activities.

Those interested in a less thorough introduction to the language may want to wait for the publication of the authors'' Colloquial Albanian (Routledge) course later in 2012. It will replace Isa Zymberi''s Colloquial Albanian (Routledge, 1991), which remains serviceable, particularly for those working in Kosovo.
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mj
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Buy workbook too!
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
Being self-taught with this text book and workbook is challenging but do-able. Definitely helpful to have an Albanian speaker go over material with me. Well-written, just wish it linked to a website with some audio lessons. I recommend the 2 books together as well as... See more
Being self-taught with this text book and workbook is challenging but do-able. Definitely helpful to have an Albanian speaker go over material with me. Well-written, just wish it linked to a website with some audio lessons. I recommend the 2 books together as well as youtube lessons by Elson.
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G0BL1N_K1NG
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reliably accurate
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2016
good english-to-albanian text books are hard to find. in my searching, this is the best introduction i''ve found to help me learn and keep my vocabulary organized. get the audio supplement so you can hear the pronunciations without needing to guess, but a word from... See more
good english-to-albanian text books are hard to find. in my searching, this is the best introduction i''ve found to help me learn and keep my vocabulary organized. get the audio supplement so you can hear the pronunciations without needing to guess, but a word from experience on the audio supplement- the vocabulary isn''t always spoken in the proper order as is listed in the text book. the writers of the book could have done better on keeping the content consistent across all media, but i would still recommend the pair.
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Adam N
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A very precise and detailed textbook
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2014
I speak Albanian but not what you would necessarily consider it in its formal sense. This book is provides a detailed lesson plan and correctly goes about in explaining and the words used to speak proper Albanian. Also, it takes into consideration both the Gheg and Tosk... See more
I speak Albanian but not what you would necessarily consider it in its formal sense. This book is provides a detailed lesson plan and correctly goes about in explaining and the words used to speak proper Albanian. Also, it takes into consideration both the Gheg and Tosk dialects when teaching whereas other books focus on one. It is refreshing and the authors delivered the material in an understandable manner.
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Amazon Customer
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Love it
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
My kids learn many words on Albanian, using those books
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Colleen
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Perfect
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2014
I wanted to begin learning Albanian, and this is the perfect start. I would definitely recommend this book for beginners. I would also recommend buying the audio because it will help you learn the pronunciation. Since there arent any american universities with an albanian... See more
I wanted to begin learning Albanian, and this is the perfect start. I would definitely recommend this book for beginners. I would also recommend buying the audio because it will help you learn the pronunciation. Since there arent any american universities with an albanian language class, it doesnt leave many options for me to learn. Thankfully, i found the perfect textbook to learn the basics.
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Margaret Mattox
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Excellent introduction to the Albanian language for the committed student
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2014
Packed with information...this is a college-level textbook, but the text is written clearly enough that I can use it in independent study. This book is for the student who wants to acquire a real grasp of the language, and has the time to commit to it, more so than for a... See more
Packed with information...this is a college-level textbook, but the text is written clearly enough that I can use it in independent study. This book is for the student who wants to acquire a real grasp of the language, and has the time to commit to it, more so than for a traveler who wants a quick vocabulary overview and some helpful phrases.
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Emily W
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Best resource available for Albanian I have found, but room for improvement.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2020
I am using this book as part of a taught course. I have found the learning progression quite strange and not comparable to other language books, but this might be a result of the particular grammar of Albanian. As others have said, it seems to be the best resource out there...See more
I am using this book as part of a taught course. I have found the learning progression quite strange and not comparable to other language books, but this might be a result of the particular grammar of Albanian. As others have said, it seems to be the best resource out there for English speakers trying to learn Albanian as there are not many resources available. It''s quite a quirky book - for example there are vocabulary pages but not the extensive/systematic approach of other languages where you might see a whole table of vocab relating to one subject e.g. the body, the home, subjects at school etc. The vocab sections in this book feel a bit more random. Exercises are often too basic to be useful, so it really helps that we are doing classroom learning. There are also a few mistakes and missing pages in the workbook. Overall I think it''s quite a basic book if you compare it to textbooks for other languages, however it seems to be one of the first proper resources for learning Albanian so I don''t think it can be compared fairly like that. I am grateful to have found a resource for learning Albanian which is why I give it three stars.
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Mr. J. Ian Press
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Albanian textbook
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2021
A very well written and researched manual. It goes well with ‘Colloquial Albanian’, by the same authors. I am still hesitant speaking, but have managed some communication with a Yugoslav from Kosovo (I use Yugoslav intentionally). He was delighted.
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Armend
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Good quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2019
Good book
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Lisa Da Cunha
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The best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2021
The best book I’ve ever purchased. They teach you albanian from scratch and in an easy way ! I suggest to buy the other one with exercise aswell !
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Conville Stevens-McCann
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Great book to learn Albanian
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2020
Great book for learning Albanian, easy to use and follow. Supported well with work book.
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